The Raiders plan to play their 2019 home games in San Francisco at Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, ahead of their eventual move to Las Vegas, according to a report from NBC Bay Area.
The move still requires NFL approval, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport added, but a formal announcement is expected later in the week.
After playing in Oakland since 1995, the organization announced it would not renew its lease at the Oakland Coliseum due to the city filing a lawsuit against it in 2018. The suit, which alleged the league’s 32 teams have formed an illegal cartel colluding to force cities to pay for new facilities with public funds or face relocation, marked another escalation in the longstanding animosity between Oakland and the Raiders.
#BREAKING: #Raiders will play in San Francisco for 2019 season. Team reaches deal w/ #SFGiants to use #OraclePark (formerly #ATTPark). Announcement expected this week. (per my @NFL sources). #RaiderNation
— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) February 4, 2019
Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers, is considered a fallback option should the Oracle Park plans fall through.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) February 4, 2019
Oracle Park is a baseball facility, but it has hosted other events at times during MLB season, including the 2018 Ruby World Cup Sevens.
This move likely means the Oakland Coliseum will never again host an NFL game, at least in its current iteration. The Oakland A’s, who also play at the venue, will now be able to have the facility to themselves as they attempt to reach the postseason for the second year in a row.